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away. The Count de Fronsac had great difficulty
in escaping from Paris, which he did in disguise.
We have had dreadful doings. On the 6th,
at night, a set of wretches forced themselves into
the chateau, screaming, " La tŁte de la reine! & bas
la reine! Louis ne sera plus roi—il nous faut le
Due d'Orleans—il nous donnera du pain celuild! "
M. Durepaire, one of the Gardes du Corps,
defended the Queen's door and was killed.
Others took his place and were thrown down.
" Sauvez la reine!" was the cry of the Gardes du
Corps. Madame Thibaud awoke the Queen, who
threw a coverlet of the bed over her and ran into
the King's room, and soon after she was gone
her door was burst open. The King ran and
fetched his son, and all together they awaited the
event. They owed their rescue to M. de la Fayette
and the Gardes Franjaises. He insisted upon the
King taking up his abode at Paris, without which
he would not promise him safety. At one, next
day, therefore, they all went, partly escorted by the
poissardes and their bullies. They were six hours
going from Versailles to Paris. A deputation from
the Assemble Nationale waited upon the King